Do Hard Things

September 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Posted in Books and Movies | Leave a comment

          I just finished a great little book by Alex and Brett Harris called Do Hard Things.  My wife had read this, and we put it on our daughter’s required reading list for the summer.  I finally got my turn at it in September.  These twin brothers subtitled their book “A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations,” and they are encouraging young people to live above the level of normal expectations for today’s teens.  Showing the history of  the “teenager” or “adolescent” idea in culture, they demonstrate how teens of generations past were expected to live like adults, indeed were considered adults, and how they lived up to those expectations.

         Alex and Brett list five kinds of hard things that young people should do, with plenty of stories about teenagers who’ve been successful at each kind of hard thing.  They include going out of your comfort zone, going beyond what’s expected, and doing things that don’t get an immediate payoff.   The book is easy to read; challenging, in a positive way; and full of great illustrations that both prove their point and keep the book interesting.

          I was personally challenged by these young authors, even though I’m way past my teen years, about how often I live up to the minimum expectations for me and rarely do hard things.  This book is a must read for anyone under 25 years old, but people of every age can appreciate it.  If you have children, get this book; first for yourself and then for your kids.

Alex and Brett Harris have a very popular web site and blog.


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